Shraboni Basu has always combined her journalism with her love of history and all her books have evolved from her observations about the shared histories of India and Britain. Her latest book which she is speaking about at the Jaipur Literature Festival this weekend is the Spy Princess, the story of Noor Inayat Khan, a descendant of Tipu Sultan, who became a secret agent during the Second World War. She became the first woman radio operator to be infiltrated into occupied France in 1943 and worked under the code name ‘Madeleine.’ As her circuit collapsed around her, she remained the last link with London and refused to abandon her post despite the dangers. The fascinating biography traces the story of Noor Inayat Khan and looks at the spirit that moved her.